Pesticides and Pest Management in Schools

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Children spend a large part of their day at school. Unfortunately, schools can be breeding grounds for roaches, flies, bees, wasps and rodents.

Both pests and pesticides can pose risks to children’s health.

That’s why Suburban Exterminating is a member of the EPA’s Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program and is Green Shield Certified. We support organizations advocating for the practice of effective, prevention-based pest control while minimizing the need to use pesticides.

Green Pest Management and Pollution Prevention

The EPA and other environmental groups identify Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as the best method for preventing and controlling pests at schools. The Environmental Protection Agency explains:

Protecting the health of children is one of EPA’s top priorities. Pollution Prevention, known as P2, has been a cornerstone at EPA for implementing programs that protect children’s health and the environment.

EPA recommends that schools use integrated pest management (IPM) – a SmartSensible and Sustainable approach to pest control:

  • Smart because IPM creates a safer and healthier learning environment by managing pests and reducing children’s exposure to pests and pesticides.
  • Sensible since practical strategies are used to reduce sources of food, water and shelter for pests in school buildings and grounds.
  • Sustainable because the emphasis is on prevention, which makes it an economically advantageous approach.

Integrated Pest Management in your School

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is essential for controlling allergies, reducing pesticides and avoiding pest problems. Also, Integrated Pest Management has the potential to save your school money over time since pest-prevention can help avoid future problems.

Contact Suburban Exterminating today at (516) 864-6900 or (631) 864-6900 to discuss Integrated Pest Management for schools. After a comprehensive on-site inspection, a custom pest-management plan can be developed to meet your schools’ needs.
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